Luverne still alive in District Tournament
MILROY -- After taking down Pipestone Post 6 8-3 Saturday, Luverne Post 123 fell to Blue Earth 2-1 for its first loss of the Division II, District 2 Legion Baseball Tournament Sunday.
With only one loss so far in the double-elimination tournament, Post 123 is still alive and faces off with the winner of the elimination game between St. James and Springfield Saturday in Milroy.
"We left a lot of runs on the bases against Blue Earth," Luverne coach Barry Shelton said. "We were able to get the runners into scoring position, but not able to get the timely hitting like we were against Pipestone."
Luverne took a 1-0 lead after three innings on an error by the Blue Earth defense, but a two-run home run off of Post 123 starting pitcher Gunnar Olsen in the sixth inning gave Blue Earth the win.
"Our pitching was pretty good in the second game; they really kept us in the game," Shelton said. "The runs Blue Earth scored came off of a home run and that is what lost us the game."
Olsen went all seven innings for Luverne, picking up three strikeouts and allowing just two runs on six hits. Post 123 out hit Blue Earth by a seven to six margin, but were unable to push more than one run across the plate.
Andrew Verhey led Luverne at the plate with two hits.
In Saturday's contest against Pipestone, Luverne used a strong offensive effort to pile up eight runs on 11 hits.
"We got the timely hitting we needed to score runs against Pipestone on Saturday," Shelton said. "We played good defense and our pitchers pitched very enough to get us a win in the playoffs."
The game was tied at two after four innings before Post 123 exploded for four runs in the fifth and to more in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead. Post 6 scored a run in the seventh to make it 8-3.
Olsen picked up the win for Luverne, pitching three innings with three strikeouts. Josh Mabon took the loss for Pipestone after pitching the first five innings and giving up six runs while striking out four batters.
Kendall Meyer (3-for-3) led Post 123 at the plate with three RBIs, while Verhey (2-for-4) added two RBIs. Skyler Wenninger (3-for-3) had an RBI and scored three runs to go along with three runs scored by Jonny Solma.
Pipestone's offense was led by Gunner Manderscheid (two hits) and Trav Thompssen (three hits).
R H E
Luverne 110 042 0 -- 8 11 1
Pipestone 002 000 1 -- 3 9 4
R H E
Blue Earth 000 002 0 -- 2 6 2
Luverne 001 000 0 -- 1 7 1
St. James 7, Jackson 2
Jackson Post 130 was unable to capitalize with runners in scoring position and was knocked out of the District tournament by St. James Saturday.
"We couldn't come up with a string of hits to bring in runs," Jackson coach Kevin Holm said. "We just didn't get things done when we had guys in scoring position."
Post 130 committed six errors in the game, which led to all almost all of the runs St. James scored in the game.
"When you give up so many unearned runs, that puts your pitchers in a really big hole that is hard to get out of," Holm said. "Our pitchers did a pretty good job in the game. They didn't get many strikeouts, but they didn't walk anyone either."
Scott Christopher was credited with the loss for Jackson after allowing six runs, one earned, on six hits. Jeremiah Flatguard relieved Christopher in the fifth and gave up an unearned run and no hits the rest of the game.
Taylor Christopher (3-for-3) led Jackson at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base. Tanner Menke and Josh Christopher each had a hit and an RBI.